Ikoku Meiro no Croisée 05

Ikoku Meiro no Croisée


Yeah, to be honest, getting stared at while you’re working does get annoying, even if it’s Yune.

Can’t believe they managed to stretch this chapter for one whole episode, wasn’t bad, but it would be better off in the correct sequence as per the manga (this was chapter 2). Also, I can’t keep a straight face whenever Claude says the most valuable item in his shop is Yune’s safety. I know he’s not hitting on her, but still….

And I kinda missed Alice too. She spices up the show a lot.

Also, there was an airing of the special blu-ray episode 4.5 somewhere. Not sure if it was on TV, but the LQ raw was floating around. It’s a really great episode of Ikoku though, and they had Megumi Nakajima guest-starring as well. Not sure if it’ll get subbed, but true fans should try to grab that episode.


  1. Game8910 Said,

    August 1, 2011 @ 11:21 pm

    I will begin with search for said episode this instant…although I worry about what health implications will come over having a double dose of Ikoku Meiro in a single week

  2. K_S_ Said,

    August 1, 2011 @ 11:24 pm

    Ep4.5 was officially aired at Showtime, and some people reuploaded it on other pages.
    As far as I know, it is an original story written by Satou Junichi.

    The episode will definitely be subbed when the DVD which contains this ep is out. But that is still some time into the future…

  3. marthaurion Said,

    August 2, 2011 @ 12:41 am

    wait…a manga form? why didn’t I suspect this? to google!!!

  4. tomphile Said,

    August 2, 2011 @ 2:14 am

    Never read the manga myself, but I guess it would be better than the anime for sure.

  5. Zzz... Said,

    August 2, 2011 @ 4:32 am

    What I don’t get is why they had to switch the placement of the chapters.

    This episode/chapter actually takes place before last week’s episode/chapter, at least in the manga.

    It sort of originally serves as a introduction/jump off point for Alice (and her butler).

    Generic French guy that tries to help Yune…was originally Butler (the scene was actually a bit creepier in the manga too).

    Switching things around does nothing for the story at all, so why do it? Anyways…

  6. The Ace Said,

    August 2, 2011 @ 7:51 am

    Well…I don’t really now, but…wasn’t this episode a bit…boring, so to speak…the first three episodes were great, fourth was ok, but if this show is only sheduled for 12 episodes this pacing is a bit…too slow.

    Now, I know this show is supposed to be of the soothing and slow-pacing type, but I don’t quite get the intended “Aria-feeling” from it…far from, actually. Or it could just be me.

  7. Sniperk Said,

    August 2, 2011 @ 9:20 am

    This episode felt dragged as hell. Jeez. It amazes me that they really went to stretch the entire episode on the second chapter alone.

    In that, the 4.5 episode was much more interesting, albeit weirdly animated at times, specially when June is singing.

  8. Dakkar Said,

    August 2, 2011 @ 10:39 am

    Frankly, I don’t quite see how this show can be compared to Aria. Well, if you reduce Aria to a slow-paced slice-of-life show with cute girls, then may be, but that would do it no justice…

  9. The Hordesman Said,

    August 2, 2011 @ 12:15 pm

    Dakkar- Am I the only one who saw Aria as a slow paced series with no redeeming qualities beyond being more effective than sleeping pills? I never could get through the second season without falling dead.

  10. Dakkar Said,

    August 2, 2011 @ 1:47 pm

    @The Hordesman
    I’d say Aria is one of the shows that either “click” with you or not. One of my friends who usually likes the stuff I show him wasn’t excited about Aria either, and I wasn’t the only person who recommended it to him, so you never know. Personally, I found it to be relaxing and simple, yet having enough variety and layers to keep your brain awake. Considering how I usually find a plenty of annoying elements in most of the shows I watch, which prompts me to take one or more breaks per episode for reading news or alike to vent off the irritation, Aria was a godsend :)

  11. The Ace Said,

    August 3, 2011 @ 5:14 pm

    Yes, I can follow you on that one, it was just that since the screen writer was the director of Aria a lot of people expected/hoped it to be somewhat similar (because of him working together with the current director)…me included.

    In my point of view, in Aria the characters weren’t exacty “cute” per se, but instead got it’s magic from the interaction between them and the atmosphere of the Aria universe/world in general. Try taking Akari and place her in one of the usual anime’s now a days that focus almost entirely on individual characters instead of trying to build up a unique universe and let that character interact with it (not that it’s a bad thing, though)…Akari’s character as an individual would simply not fit in at all.

    In this anime, take Yune’s character for example…In my opinion they tried too much to make her stand out as being cute, hence focusing on the character instead of them building up the universe and an interaction with the universe that is Paris at that time. It’s another angle of approach…again not that it’s a bad one, but it seems they are now trying to switch the focus of the anime with building up an Aria-type-like universe around a character that doesn’t quite “fit in” there…or perhaps more precisely a universe and a pace that doesn’t quite fit the character. And that, in my mind, makes it a bit boring.

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